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OneDrive for Mac Updates

Mac users running the latest version of macOS 10.14 Mojave will have another good reason to be happy about their Office 365 service today.  Microsoft has released to production one of OneDrive’s most useful features, Files On-Demand.  This feature was first announced at Microsoft’s Ignite 2018 conference and now it’s finally ready for consumer use.

Files On-Demand is a feature that allows you to access all of your personal and work OneDrive files from Finder without consuming all of your local storage.  Microsoft describes this as “… an intelligent connection to the cloud” that further increase the power and convenience of Office 365. 

Microsoft Teams vs. SharePoint Team Sites: Know the Difference?

Microsoft Office is a large ecosystem with a great suite of software. Included in the suite are a number of collaboration options including SharePoint Groups, Yammer, SharePoint Teams and Microsoft Teams.  While business users have many options when it comes to collaboration, Microsoft has done the best job in detailing when to use which platform.  

Store Popular Folders in OneDrive

Many users like the idea of storing their common folders (Documents, Photos, Downloads, etc.) in OneDrive.  The versatility of having their files available where ever they go is very appealing along with the extra security of having the files backed up in the cloud.

A New Secure External Sharing Experience

Microsoft has introduced a new method of securely sharing files and folders stored in SharePoint Online and OneDrive with external users.  These are welcome changes, because frankly, the previous method was a little clunky and was not always reliable.

The Hidden Usefulness of Workflow Process Mapping and Workflow Diagramming

Nintex workflow automation makes it possible to perform your business processes faster.  Before you begin, it is a good idea to map out your process and build a workflow diagram.

Modernize Your SharePoint Team Sites

Recently, Microsoft has introduced a new feature to help modernize current SharePoint team sites.  That feature is the new ability to connect team sites to Office 365 groups.  

SharePoint Migration Tool v2 is now Generally Available

Last month I entered the beta program to test the next version of the SharePoint Migration Tool.  The beta supported new capabilities such as support for SharePoint Lists, the ability to script destination site creation, and more.  Now, Microsoft has announced that V2 of the SharePoint Migration Toll is generally available.

Ten Ways To Avoid Mistakes On The Path To The Modern Workplace

Digital Transformation’ is one of the biggest trends in the IT industry and there are many different opinions on the best practices for digitally transforming the workplace.

Few organizations speak of the trials and mistakes they made, or the narrowly avoided digital disasters, on their path to transforming.

Announcement: SharePoint 2019

This week, Microsoft has announced the availability of SharePoint 2019. It has been released  to manufacturing (RTM).   Microsoft has said that GA (general availability) to customers in the second half of this year with a preview available by summer 2018.

New Office 365 Features

Recently, Microsoft has introduced two small, but welcome updates for Office 365 customers.  First, versioning updates for OneDrive for Business and second, changes to the default link type when sharing.

Nintex & Beezy: Intelligent Automation

Last year Nintex and Beezy announced that they have formed a technology partnership.  With Nintex + Beezy working together, they can now provide companies the best of Intelligent Process Automation + Digital Workplace in one package.  The Intelligent Workplace.

Office 365 custom organization themes
Intranet site branding is very important to organizations and is a one of the major factors for creating positive brand recognition among employees. With this in mind, Microsoft has introduced some important changes to the way custom organization themes are applied.
Intelligent Process Automation

In this current era of rapid rise of available tech, there are obstacles that have always existed that businesses must still overcome. Things like regulation changes that require a rethink of procedures, fluctuation in the global economy for example.

Actionable Messages

Did you know that by using two common Nintex actions, you can create something really useful?  Well, I am going to demonstrate how to create Actionable Messages from two common Nintex features; a task action and lazy approval.

Getting More Out of Conditional Logic in Nintex workflow for Office 365

I want to highlight a way to get even more value from the recently released conditional start feature in Nintex Workflow for office 365.

Normally, workflow is triggered when an item is created or modified.  With conditional start, Nintex has provided the ability to set a condition or expression that also must be true.

When using conditional start, a workflow designer may be wondering how to handle a situation where the value of a field item changes from A to B.

Translate a Document With Nintex Workflow

Any organization that does business globally, there is always a substantial amount of translation work to get done.  Usually, there are not enough people or time to get it all done.  This is where Nintex can come to the rescue with a really useful Nintex Workflow action called Translate Document.

Nintex Workflow Cloud Feature Overview

When I mention Nintex Workflow Cloud to fellow SharePoint users, they are always interested and want to know more about what it is all about and what you can do with it.  In this blog post, I am going to highlight some of the key features of Nintex Workflow Cloud.

Feature Highlight: Beacons

Mention the word “Beacon” to many workflow developers and they may stare back with a blank look. 

A Beacon is an action control in Nintex Workflow that can be placed anywhere in the workflow to capture specific data.  With this action, you can produce additional data from a workflow for a Process Intelligence Lens report in Nintex Hawkeye.

Feature Highlight: Mobile Easy Task Approval

Today, I want to highlight a very useful feature that Nintex provides for its workflow customers.  Task approval using the mobile client.  

Many tasks require you to read a lot of context in order to make a decision, so it makes sense to know exactly what you’re approving/rejecting/passing for more information.

However, there are those simple, quick requests with a simple outcome:

The Magnificent Flexi Task

We all know and love the Flexi task.  It is one of the most popular workflow actions for good reason.  In this blog post, I will cover how reminders work, to ensure that you, as a workflow creator, are taking advantage of the options available. 

Metadata Driven Processes for Box

Metadata is extremely important to just about everything we do in SharePoint.  From data classification, analysis and collaboration to process automation, metadata is essential.

Quick refresher on what metadata is: Data that provides information about other data.

User Profiles in Office 365 Simplified

As Nintex workflow creators, we are always looking for easier ways to perform everyday tasks. In this post, I will share what Nintex has provided to simply the implementation of user profile properties in Nintex forms.

What’s New: Connection Manager for SharePoint Online

A highly desired feature that has been available to on-premises users that allows them to store credentials for connector actions is now available for Office 365 customers.  Connection Manager for Nintex Workflow of Office 365 is now generally available.

The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) decision has been a hot topic in the news recently.  The other hot topic has been Germany’s new law against hate speech, known as NetzDG.  These laws will not only have an impact on EU based businesses, but any company that does business there.

Understanding Your Data in Nintex Hawkeye

Understanding Your Data in Nintex Hawkeye
In my last blog post, I discussed scheduling workflows in the cloud. In this post I want to discuss what is stored in Nintex’ cloud infrastructure.  This is particularly important for companies who are using Nintex Hawkeye, the workflow analytic platform. 

New Office 365 Workflow New Feature: Conditional Start

New Office 365 Workflow New Feature: Conditional Start

Conditional start is an exciting new feature recently introduced for Nintex Workflow for Office 365 that gives designers now have more control over how workflows are triggered. Normally, a workflow is kicked off when an item is created or modified. This new feature lets you set a condition or expression that must be true for the workflow to start.

Office 365 Workflow New Feature

Office 365 Workflow New Feature

An exciting new feature for Nintex Workflow for Office 365 is the enhanced capabilities in viewing your workflows. You can now zoom in to specific areas, or zoom out for an overall view of your workflow.

Did you know: Scheduling Workflows In The Cloud

Did you know that Scheduled Workflows are now available on the entire Nintex Platform? This capability originally started out in Nintex Workflow for SharePoint on premises. The capability recently was introduced to the cloud in Nintex Workflow Cloud and now it is available in Nintex Workflow for Office 365.

Geolocation Controls in Nintex Mobile

Geolocation Controls in Nintex Mobile
This is another post focusing on Nintex Mobile.  Nintex Mobile support more than a dozen controls to enhance forms. For this blog post, I will focus on just one, the geolocation control.
You will find this control in Nintex Forms designer in the General Section.  Just drag and drop onto your canvas to begin using it.

Customizing Menu Items in your Mobile App

In this post I will focus on a mobile app’s looks and feel and share some tips to make it more professional

1.    Change the name and icon of the menu items:  In every menu item in the Content Section, you can select the pencil stencil icon to change name, icon, or both.  You can use this to rename the html item to “Home” and to provide a proper icon for it.  For another example, you can design forms and tasks to be more user-friendly by giving them custom names like “My requests” or “My tasks.” 

New Feature: Get and Set Box Enterprise Metadata

New Feature: Get and Set Box Enterprise Metadata

Nintex Workflow for Box has was updated to provide better support for file metadata.  There is now support for getting and setting Enterprise Metadata for files in Box.

Two new actions have been added to the Box Connector that provides the ability to “Get file metadata” and “Set file metadata”.  Nintex created these new actions to allow creators to build workflows that can control the file’s Enterprise Metadata as the workflow progresses.

Change the Default Landing Page in Nintex App Studio

Change the Default Landing Page in Nintex App Studio

Nintex App Studio is a great development platform because of its ability to organize all the content within the App. The different element items are stored in a folder-like structure.  Nintex Mobile, by default, has the same folders:

  • Forms
  • Tasks
  • Outbox
  • Sent
  • Drafts
Nintex Dreamforce 2017 Announcements

Nintex Dreamforce 2017 Announcements

Two years ago, Nintex acquired Drawloop to enhance their document generation capabilities.  Ever since the acquisition, Nintex has worked to further enhance the product to make document generation available to SharePoint, Office 365 and Nintex Cloud. Now Nintex has announced at Dreamforce 2017 that Drawloop will now be known as Nintex Document Generation.  The name as been updated in the Nintex AppExchange.

New Nintex Forms Submit Options For Workflow Cloud

Nintex has just updated their Workflow Cloud offering with some significant new customization options for Nintex Forms to enhance the user experience.  Workflow creators can now:

  • Customize the form Submit button text
  • Integrate Google reCAPTCHA in the submit experience
  • Create custom URLs to redirect users to additional information or actions
Nintex Workflow and Xtensions

Nintex Workflow and Xtensions

What is great about the Nintex Workflow Platform is that it is extensible.  The platform provides multiple opportunities for customers to connect their workflows to their crucial applications, services, data stores, and systems of record.

Nintex provides pre-built connectors, which can be used to link workflows to commonly used enterprise solutions such as Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamic CRM, Box, and Dropbox.  Nintex also provides extensibility through Nintex actions such as “Call a web service”, “query JSON”, and “External Start”.

8 NINTEX Workflow Cloud Improvements

Before I list the improvements to Nintex Workflow Cloud, I feel I need to remind us exactly what it is.  Nintex Workflow Cloud is a cloud workflow service that allows customers to... 

Nintex Workflow Cloud and File Collections

Do you know that Nintex can handle file collections?  Picture a scenario where an insurance agent inspects a property and takes some pictures for a case file.  Once the agent uploads the files to Box they can fill in their form giving details of the property such as location and estimated value.

A workflow will start once the agent submits the case file, it will query the content management system; in this case, it is Box; find the appropriate files and store them in a File Collection. A task action in the workflow such as Express Approval or Assign a Task can be used to send the files to a case manager.